Standing Stones in Wales
San Francisco photographer Marcia Lieberman hiked through South Wales photographing a collection of ancient stones the size of small giants. Older than Stonehenge, these stones were placed in their current locations more than 4,000 years ago, and since then, have not been moved. Lieberman writes, “The stones were massive—some of them fifteen feet above the ground (another 5 feet below)…Respected and protected by the community, the maenhir (the Welsh name for such singular stones) stood and waited. I found the isolation and singularity of the maenhir compelling and idiomatic. In fact, it is not known why they exist, or how they got there. What fascinated me most, were the stories associated with each stone, and the mysteries and dark sensibilities that local farmers told.” Lieberman sat with a stone for hours, and captured the silent presence and particular character of each one, fortunately sharing her insight with readers through her beautiful photography in Being Still. Stationed on the land, whispered about, and protected by the farming population, these national treasures represent lost souls and wandering ghosts.